Crispy Baked Tofu Recipes for All Palates

Crispy Baked Tofu Recipes for All Palates

If you're a fan of tofu, you may have wondered about the best way to cook it. While there are various methods available, not all of them yield the desired results. Some people recommend cooking tofu in a skillet, but using cast iron skillets may not be the most effective method. In my experience, the tofu tends to stick to the pan, and the crispy bits often get left behind, resulting in a less-than-desirable outcome.

Furthermore, skillet cooking requires more oil than necessary to achieve crispy tofu, which can be a concern for those who want to maintain a healthy diet. The excessive use of oil can also lead to a greasy and unappetizing dish.

On the other hand, baking tofu is a superior method that allows the tofu to develop delightful crispy edges while still maintaining a warm and pillowy interior. This method requires less oil, making it a healthier option for those watching their oil intake. The tofu also absorbs the flavor of the marinade or sauce better when baked, resulting in a more flavorful and satisfying dish.

In summary, while skillet cooking is a popular method for cooking tofu, it has its drawbacks. Baking tofu is a superior method that yields a delicious and healthy dish. If you want to experience the best tofu possible, baking it is the way to go. 

Here's a recipe for delicious crispy baked tofu:

  • Ingredients:

1 block extra-firm tofu

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave nectar

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Sprinkle sesame seeds and finely chopped green onions over the dish for an optional yet delightful garnish.


  • Preheat the Oven:

Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

  • Prepare the Tofu:

Press the tofu to remove excess water. You can use a tofu press or wrap the tofu block in a kitchen towel and place a heavy object on top for about 15-30 minutes.

Cut the pressed tofu into cubes of your desired size.

  • Prepare the Marinade:

In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, maple syrup (or agave nectar), cornstarch, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and black pepper.

  • Marinate the Tofu:

Place the tofu cubes in the marinade, ensuring they are well-coated. Let it marinate for at least 15-20 minutes to absorb the flavors.


To enhance the flavor of your crispy baked tofu, consider marinating it before baking. Create a flavorful marinade using a mix of soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and a touch of maple syrup or agave for sweetness. Let the tofu soak up these delicious flavors for at least 30 minutes before baking. This will add depth and richness to your tofu, making it even more enjoyable.


  • Arrange on Baking Sheet:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the marinated tofu cubes on the sheet, leaving space between each piece.

  • Bake:

Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, flipping the tofu cubes halfway through to ensure even crispiness.

  • Garnish:

Once the tofu is golden and crispy, remove it from the oven. Sprinkle sesame seeds and chopped green onions for extra flavor and garnish.

  • Serve:

Serve the crispy baked tofu over rice, noodles, or your favorite salad. Enjoy!

This recipe for baked tofu is worth a try, even if tofu isn't your favorite food. The method involves tossing tofu cubes in a mixture of oil, salt, pepper, and potato starch, which results in a crispy and crunchy coating on the outside and a soft and slightly chewy texture on the inside.

Got leftover tofu? No worries! Just pop it into an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. You can add the chilled tofu cubes to your salad or reheat them in a skillet with a warm sauce or stir fry. Want them plain? Heat up a frying pan with a little oil and toss in the tofu cubes. Cook until they're slightly crispy. Keep in mind, though, that the texture may not be the same as when it was freshly cooked.

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